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Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore, 1828 (approximate): Finding Aid

Published in December 2019

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 547
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore
  • Dates: 1828 (approximate)
  • Size: 0.06 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 1 folder containing 1 volume
  • Creator: Moore, William M. A.
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: William M. A. Moore was a Midshipman in the United States Navy from Virginia. The Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore was created in approximately 1828. Despite its title, the volume consists solely of handwritten rules for celestial navigation.

Biographical Chronology of William M. A. Moore

1823
  • On August 19, warranted a Midshipman in the United States Navy.
1824
  • Stationed aboard U.S.S. United States (Frigate).
1828
  • Stationed aboard U.S.S. John Adams (Frigate/Sloop-of-war).
1829
  • Stationed aboard U.S.S. Hudson (Frigate).
1830
  • Suspended.
1831
  • Stationed at Norfolk.
1832
  • On furlough.
  • On March 8, resigns from the United States Navy.
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Description of Contents

The Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore, comprising 0.06 linear feet of material in a single volume, was created in approximately 1828. Despite its title, the volume consists solely of handwritten rules for celestial navigation.

William M. A. Moore's journal consists of over one dozen rules for making navigational computations. As titled by Moore, the rules include: "Rule for finding Latitude by a Meridian altitude of the Sun"; "Latitude by a Meridian altitude of a Star"; "Latitude by the Polar Star"; "Latitude by an altitude Taken near noon"; "Latitude by double altitudes"; "To Find the Latitude within a very few minutes of noon"; "To find the Variation by the True and Magnetic Amptitudes"; "To Find the Variation by an Azimuth"; "To find the Latitude by the Moon"; "Time by an observed altitude of the Sun"; "Time by an artificial Horizon"; "Preparation for Working Time"; "To find the Time of high Water"; "Find the Longitude by Chronometer"; "Rule for Lunar Observation"; "Latitude by an altitude of the Moon"; and "To Compute altitude of the Sun, Moon, or Star."

Inside the front and back cover are various notes and calculations, as well as several iterations of Moore's signature and a sketch entitled "Tremont House, Galveston."

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Arrangement

The Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore comprises a single volume.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore is the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Custodial History

Prior to its donation to the Naval Postgraduate School, the Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson was, at some point, the property of Lieutenant General Robert Osborne Bare, USMC.

Provenance and Acquisition

Gift of the Naval Postgraduate School Library in September 1971. Accession No. 266061.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

The Log of the frigate Hudson, 12 Aug. 1828-3 Dec. 1829 is available in Special Collections at the Ohio State University Libraries. Additional logbooks of U.S.S. Hudson may be available in Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, 1801-1940, part of Record Group 24: Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798-2007 at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Originally cataloged as VK559.M56.

Preferred Citation

Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore, MS 547

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

Callahan, Edward William. List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps, from 1775 to 1900. New York: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1901.

United States. Bureau of Naval Personnel. Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1823-1832.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in December 2019. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in December 2019.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

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Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Journal of a Cruise in the United States Frigate Hudson in the Years 1828-29-30 by W. M. Moore, 1828 (approximate)

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